The MKII Humidor

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Project by splintergroup posted 03-25-2022 07:38 PM 865 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the projects entry for the construction blog I finished earlier.

Called the MKII because it is the second version with some refinements (and de-finements) from the first version based on an older article by Rick Allyn

The Basics
13.5”W x 6”H x 10”D
Spanish cedar sides and lining
Marble walnut veneer
Jatoba and walnut trim.
Brusso quadrant hinges.
Boveda Humidity control packet holder.
Mohawk satin pre-cat lacquer.
Holds about 75 cigars.

I made the first version following the plans as I wanted to get a feel for all the construction requirements for a humidor versus a plain box. I learned a few things but the box, although considered “traditional”, was a bit lacking in details for my questionable tastes 8^)

With this version I added some of those details. Still a ways to go before I create “The One”, but better than the first!

Constructed with solid Spanish cedar and lock-miter corners (improvement over the plans calling for lap joints).

Veneered with a walnut called “marble walnut” which I had never heard of before, but easy to see the names source (looks like marble cake). It seems to be an odd arrangement of heart/sap woods.

The interior has an additional 3/16” cedar lining (raw wood).

I added some corner caps and lid lining…

and of course some splines for the upper/lower frame corners

The blog hopefully spells out any details, but feel free to question/comment!

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#1 posted 03-25-2022 08:01 PM

Nicely done! I have a nice slab of Spanish cedar for the same reason. Maybe your project will motivate me to finally build mine…..

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 03-25-2022 08:10 PM

I don’t smoke cigars but if I did I’d know where to shop for the best humidifier on the planet

This is one came out great! As did the photos.

I have a friend in California who is on chemo therapy and smokes weed to increase her appetite. Can’t eat without it.

I wonder if a humidifier would keep her stash fresher?

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 03-25-2022 08:28 PM

That is really nice!! Beautiful finish, and design, well executed. Thoughtfully designed.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 03-25-2022 08:34 PM

Thanks guys!

The SC is a nice wood for machining, quite stable!

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#5 posted 03-25-2022 08:45 PM

Lovely. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 03-25-2022 08:46 PM

That looks sweet Splinter, some very nice details and a great choice of woods with some beautiful grain. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#7 posted 03-25-2022 08:51 PM

damn that came out nice the wood you used and one thing i always check is the quality of the joinery fit and finish,and as usual, yours is top notch. beautiful work my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 03-25-2022 08:52 PM

That is some truly exceptional workmanship!

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 03-25-2022 08:52 PM

very nice box.. great craftsmanship

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#10 posted 03-25-2022 08:56 PM

that veneer is pretty, especially the top. I see a couple dolphins swimming in there with rippled waves behind them.

I also notice all your chamfers and roundovers.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#11 posted 03-25-2022 09:15 PM

It’s a beauty, Bruce!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 03-25-2022 09:40 PM

Dang, can’t find no Finger prints? Very Nice!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 03-25-2022 09:53 PM

Wow quite the stogie box. Awesome wood, put together well. Nicely done Bruce.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 03-25-2022 10:03 PM

Such a rich combo of wood tones/species.
Beautiful work Bruce! I appreciate all the blog write ups and sharing of techniques.
Wonderful work! Hope you lit up a cigar and poured yourself a couple fingers of whiskey to celebrate this one!

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#15 posted 03-25-2022 11:03 PM

Ron Thanks! I move slower in the cold months so glad to get it done 8^)

Eric Seems like after I use some wood that has been itching to be cut, I find something else I wish I had used instead 8^/ Thanks!

Pottzy Mucho Garcias! Joints that don’t close bug the xxxx out of me when they are mine. Anyone elses I just see as character and take in their project as a whole.

Bob Glad you peeked in, thanks!

Greg Appreciate the thumbs!

Brian I had to take a look as I never anticipated life in the lid, though I’m thinking shark. If I see a dolphin, then I get the Flipper chattering stuck in my head…. wait, too late! 8^@

Jim Always a pleasure for your comments!

Andre The prints are obscured by the fuzz and cat hair. look close on the photo of the foot pad, along the corner moulding. Squeeze out! bah!

George Glad I have a “stash” or this would have been pallet wood 8^)

Jon Burned a few while building. It lets me stare at it, looking like I’m in deep contemplative thought to others, while really just wondering where I left my tape….

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